september, 2024

2024wed25sep(sep 25)6:00 pmwed04dec(dec 4)8:00 pmDressmaking Beginners£152 (£92 concessionary price) - NEW Practical, hands-on, and informative Beginners dressmaking courseColeridge Community CollegeDay:Wednesday length of course: 10 weeks


September 25 (Wednesday) 6:00 pm - December 4 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

10 weeks


Course details

Brief Description:

This dressmaking course is for beginners to help them learn the essentials and build confidence.

Learners will learn essential dressmaking skills, including: how to use and thread a sewing machine, how to use and follow a shop bought garment pattern, to then be able to construction a garment, and take measurements and choose the correct fabrics.  

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

This dressmaking course is for complete beginners with no experience of using a sewing machine or making a garment. People with some experience who wish to improve are also welcome.  

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to thread a sewing machine. 
  • Understand how to use a sewing machine. 
  • Learn how to construction a garment and follow the instructions of a shop bought pattern. 
  • Learn how to sew seams, hems and closures, pockets, elasticated waistbands, etc. 

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

In order to make a garment you will need to purchase fabric, a pattern and a sewing kit. This will be done after the first lesson; we will talk about what is needed to begin dressmaking.  

Other haberdashery items, such as zips elastic etc., are required for creating samples but will be advised by the tutor during the course. 

For the First session you will need to bring:

  • A sewing machine and power cable. The college have a few machines available to use so please do not buy a machine before you are confident that you will use one.
  • Scraps of non-stretch fabric for creating samples. 
  • A notebook, tape measure, pencil and pen. 

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

The tutor will advise you.

Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sunday’s , you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more


£152 (£92 concessionary fee) – To book a place on this course call the office on 01223 712340


Louise BarryLouise is a newly qualified Design and Technology teacher with a passion for textiles and garment making. Her sewing journey began with an evening dressmaking course, where she first discovered her love for creating garments. This passion led her to pursue a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Decoration, where she honed my skills in screen printing, appliqué, and embroidery. Post-graduation, Louise worked as a print designer in a print studio, where she designed and screen-printed fabric designs and t-shirt prints, primarily for childrenswear. Louise’s designs were sold to high street brands and distributed globally. During a career break to care for her family, Louise continued to create, focusing on garments, soft furnishings, and upcycling projects for her home. Louise is excited to share her expertise and enthusiasm for textiles/dressmaking.

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